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4:00 AM ET, February 19, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Announce WorldWide Telescope On February 27  —  A source close to Microsoft says the company will launch new desktop software called WorldWide Telescope on February 27 at the TED Conference in Monterey, California.  Our guess is that this is what Robert Scoble was talking …
BBC:
Whistle-blower site taken offline  —  A controversial website that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously post government and corporate documents has been taken offline in the US.  —  Wikileaks.org, as it is known, was cut off from the internet following a California court ruling, the site says.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Did A California Court Hide All Of WikiLeaks Over A Single Document?  —  Over a year ago, we wrote about the Wikileaks project, designed to allow government and company officials to anonymously leak documents as a way of whistleblowing questionable activities.  Apparently, it's been quite successful at times.
Nick Douglas / Gawker:
This Site Full Of Leaked Documents Is So Good, The Government …
Business Wire:
Toshiba Announces Discontinuation of HD DVD Businesses  —  Company Remains Focused on Championing Consumer Access to High Definition Content  —  TOKYO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD DVD and has decided …
Discussion: Engadget
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Bungee Labs opens developer platform-as-a-service  —  Bungee Labs launched a public beta of a new version of its BungeeConnect, an on demand application development platform for professional programmers.  The concept is similar to what salesforce.com is doing with its Force.com platform …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Bungee Launches PaaS for Building Web Apps in the Cloud
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Microsoft Giving Away Free Developer Software To Students  —  Microsoft is announcing right now DreamSpark, a new program that gives free developer, designer and related software to college students in 11 countries.  DreamSpark goes live today in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will YouNoodle Predict Its Own Inevitable Failure?  —  New startup YouNoodle debuted to some first class press coverage this morning - a headline in the NYTimes that reads “A Start-Up Says It Can Predict Others' Fate.”  The really choice quote from the article from CEO/co-founder Bob Goodson is this:
Pierre / Dailymotion Blog:
Dailymotion - in High Definition, in a new player!  —  The best content deserves the highest quality video, and it is in this spirit that Dailymotion has always sought to privilege its outstanding creative community with superior encoding.  —  For more than a year-and-a-half …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
‘DVD Jon’ frees your media with DoubleTwist  —  The man notorious for cracking the DVD code, and Apple's FairPlay DRM, is looking to make a legitimate business out of his expertise.  —  Beginning Tuesday, the first product from his company DoubleTwist Ventures, will enter open beta.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Depicts Advanced Multitouch Gesturing Control Panel in Mac OS X  —  In case there were any doubts that Apple was exploring the use of advanced multitouch gestures under Mac OS X, a recent Apple patent application authored by Wayne Westerman (of Fingerworks) shows mockups …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Criticism of Unreserved Google Praise  —  Kevin Scott, former head of Google New York's search engineering group, at Friendfeed in response to another very positive article about Google writes (line breaks added for clarity, as there's no line breaks available at Friendfeed yet):
Discussion: Fast Company and louisgray.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ex-Apple Team To Launch Stealth Startup Fotonauts  —  A team of five former Apple software engineers, led by former Apple Exec Jean-Marie Hullot, have been working on a new stealth desktop/web photography focused startup called Fotonauts since late 2006.  Sometime in the next couple of months, they'll launch publicly.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Visually Track Your Appearance with Daily Mugshot  —  In 2000 artist Noah Kalina started taking a photo of himself every day.  In August 2006, he put together a nearly 6 minute video of these photos, chronicling over 2300 days, up on YouTube.  It has since been viewed over 8 million times …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Juicy Campus Lets Students Spread Gossip About Each Other  —  Juicy Campus is a site (social network?) receiving a large amount of press this month.  The idea is simple: each campus around the U.S. has a page and you can post whatever you like on it anonymously about students at that campus.
 
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Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
IBM's Lotus takes aim at Office market
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
New BotSniffer better able to detect foul stench of botnets
Karl / DSLreports:
ISPs Make a Tidy Profit Selling Your Browsing History …
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Time to rewrite DBMS, says Ingres founder
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
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Wall Street Journal:
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John Reed / Financial Times:
Tesla to raise $250m for electric cars
BBC:
‘Cancer link’ to heavy mobile use
Wil Shipley / Call Me Fishmeal:
MacBook Air: Rambling First Impressions (PG!)
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Rumor: iPhones, iPod to be $100 cheaper very soon?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Yahoo! Filters Pirate Bay From Search Results
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